Kinley Dowling (BMus'07)
From the Dalhousie stage to the world stage
Dalhousie gave me the confidence to play in any kind of environment and with different kinds of people.
Kinley Dowling’s future career as a musician was sealed when she went to a Lennie Gallant concert, but it was the violin player who captured her attention at the show.
“He was using lots of pedals to change the sound of his violin and he also sang backup,” recalls Kinley. “He was technically proficient, but also really musical and looked like he was having fun. I knew then that’s what I wanted to do for my job.”
After the show, Kinley spoke to the violinist and asked him how he learned to perform the way he did. He told her to go to Dalhousie, study with Phillipe Djokic and learn how to sing backup, so that’s what she did. Kinley studied music at Dalhousie and majored in viola performance.
Today, she’s a freelance musician who performs as a session player and tours with bands. These tours have taken her to Europe, Australia and all across Canada and the U.S.
Variety is the spice of life
Kinley’s music can’t be pigeonholed. She’s played rock music with Hey Rosetta!, rap with Classified and Buck 65, and folk with Lennie Gallant and Rose Cousins. She’s even performed with Canadian legend Anne Murray.
Versatility is something to which Kinley credits Dalhousie.
“Dalhousie gave me the confidence to play in any kind of environment and with different kinds of people,” she says.